Agenda | Next 7 Days

July 6, 2020

Faculty | Specials

Meet the Specials teachers

Ursula Connors

Ursula Connors joined Princeton Montessori School in 2001 and is a fitness instructor and classroom assistant.

Ursula enjoys getting to know each child’s individual personality and sense of humor. She uses her yoga training and expertise while teaching the Primary children fitness skills. She enjoys collaborating with her peers in the Primary program.

When not at school, Ursula enjoys cooking, gardening, and yoga. She also spends time working with her husband at the restaurant they own in their hometown of Lambertville.

Ursula received a BFA in Illustration from the Parsons School of Design, NY, and studied at the American University in Paris. She studied Montessori Philosophy and Child Development through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE).

Ursula is a certified Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.

Erin Galbraith

Erin joined the staff of Princeton Montessori School in 2014 and works with Primary, Elementary, and Middle School programs leading the weekly Tune In class, that focuses on helping children to become aware of their bodies, familiar with their breath, and mindful of the calm and peace they can find within.

When not teaching, Erin spends time with her husband and two children.  She also enjoys practicing yoga and mindfulness activities, as well as playing tennis. Erin calls herself “an artist at heart” and loves to play with paper, paints, and collage materials of all sorts.

Erin has been a yoga teacher in the Princeton area for over nine years. She has taught a wide range of workshops from retreats for private clients, to chair yoga for caregivers of Parkinson’s patients, as well as workshops for Montessori teachers, and currently teaches adaptive yoga to private clients.

Erin holds a BA in Design from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and a yoga teacher certification from Kripalu in Lenox, MA.

Eliza Hammer

Eliza Hammer joined Princeton Montessori School in 2012. She is currently our Environmental Education Teacher and also leads our afterschool program for Elementary.  

Eliza has had a love affair with the outdoors all her life.  She firmly believes that children grow into devoted environmentalists when their connection to the natural world is realized through exploration, play, and a sense of wonder.  Her happiest moments are creating memorable outdoor experiences with children.

Not only is she a professional horticulturist, but she also holds a Yoga Teacher Certification from Kripalu, a certificate to teach Tai Chi from Dr. Lam, and a Third Degree Black Belt in the Korean style of Tang Soo Do.

When not at school, Eliza enjoys building projects with her husband, adding onto their house, maintaining their aquaponic system, and the ongoing task of converting the yard into a sustainable permaculture.

Eliza received a BA in Anthropology and Architecture from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and her American Montessori Society Elementary credential through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Toyoko Kitade

Toyoko Kitade joined Princeton Montessori School in 2003 and currently teaches private and group violin classes to Primary through Middle School students.

Toyoko enjoys working with a variety of age groups because it is wonderful to see how they learn and progress with their musical education. She finds it greatly rewarding to see a whole new world open up to children when they experience and learn through their music.

When at home, she enjoys cooking and trying new kinds of food, practicing yoga, and hiking in the Berkshires. She also enjoys performing chamber music, and attending concerts.

Toyoko holds a MA from the New England Conservatory of Music, MA, and a BA from the Sakuyo College of Music, Japan. She is also trained in the Kodály method of music instruction.

She has 30 years of international experience as a Suzuki violin instructor, and was the Assistant Director of the Suzuki Institute of Boston.  She has performed with the Fukuoka City Philharmonic, the New Symphony Orchestra, and the New Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston.

Sue Miller

Sue Miller joined Princeton Montessori School in 2007 and currently offers private lessons to students.

Sue Ellen has enjoyed working with children for more than 30 years in the classroom and is currently a private piano instructor. She is motivated by her students’ energy and eagerness to learn.

Outside of school, Sue Ellen enjoys performing with her band, writing music, cooking and photography. She has a blended family of four children, her youngest beginning his college career.

Sue Ellen received a BA in Music Education from Susquehanna University.  She has taken Graduate Level courses from Westminster Choir College in Piano Pedagogy, and has studied advanced classical technique with Stanley Yerlow (Fordham University), as well as Jazz theory and improvisation with David Kenney and Vince DiMura (Princeton University).

Alex Mitnick

Alex Mitnick joined Princeton Montessori School in 2000 and currently teaches music to students in 3rd year Primary through Middle School.

Alex loves sharing his passion for music and music making with children of all ages. His unique approach to music education combines singing, movement, percussion and songwriting in a stimulating and fun way that leaves students energized and inspired.

In addition to teaching music at Princeton Montessori School, Alex is an Emmy® Award winning children’s performer with six albums of original music and his very own TV show, “Alex & The Kaleidoscope.”

Alex received a BA in Jazz Performance from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, and has received multiple awards for excellence in children’s entertainment including the New York Emmy® Awards, The Parents’ Choice Foundation, The Film Advisory Board and the American Library Association.

He is an instructor for the Princeton Teacher Education (PCTE).

Nuria Perez

Nuria Perez joined Princeton Montessori School in 2014 and currently teaches Spanish to Elementary and Middle School students.

Nuria greatly enjoys teaching Spanish language and culture. Her goal is to have students participate actively in class, and to help them lose their fear of speaking a second language.  She strives to develop a love of discovering another culture and mastering an additional language through experiential activities, real life connections with students from Spanish-speaking countries, and song and games.

When not teaching, Nuria enjoys spending time with her husband, exercising outdoors, and traveling.

Nuria received a BS in Sociology from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and studied Montessori Philosophy and Child Development through the Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Lisa Stolzer

Lisa Stolzer joined Princeton Montessori School in 1992 and teaches art to Primary through Middle School students.

Lisa enjoys the energy and spirit the students bring to the art room, as well as their passion for creativity. An avid writer, Lisa strives to help the students to find their own creative outlet as they begin to discover the influence of art on culture.  Her love of travel and world cultures is an asset in helping the students understand their own place in the world.

In her spare time, Lisa loves to cook, garden, kayak, make things, and go hiking with her husband.

Lisa has previous experience teaching at the Toddler, Primary, Elementary, and Middle School levels. She holds a BA/BS in Elementary Education and English from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) and is currently working towards completing her Elementary credential at Princeton Center for Teacher Education (PCTE), NJ.

Norah Wasden

Norah Wasden joined Princeton Montessori School in 2018 and is a certified Music Together instructor and currently teaches music to students in the Toddler and Primary Programs.

Norah finds fulfillment and joy in working with children. She feels it is so meaningful for children to be exposed to music at a young age and to be able to explore and create with music so they can develop basic music competence. It also gives them a voice as they are finding their own and it is a wonderful tool that supports all other learning. Music allows them to have a deep, sensory experience that supports their holistic development.

Norah is a singer and a mom of three boys. Music has always been a passion of hers and she grew up playing piano and violin and sings with Princeton Pro Musica in their masterworks chorus and chamber chorus. Norah loves traveling and going for walks with her family and she also enjoys taking tap dancing classes.

Norah received a BA in History from the University of Richmond and a MAT from Georgetown University for  Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is a certified Music Together instructor and she has taught English as a Second Language in the public schools.

Ann Woodrow

Ann Woodrow joined Princeton Montessori School in 2019 as a Librarian for the school.

Ann enjoys working with children and has extensive experience in children’s and young adult literature as well as curriculum based collection development. She is eager to share her curious nature and enthusiasm for literature with the children and staff.

Ann is a retired librarian with many years of experience at the Princeton Library and other schools in California. She holds a BA from Syracuse University and a Master of Library Science from Simmons College, Boston, MA.

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